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Every teacher knows that other teachers are frequently the best resource for classroom planning.  Collaboration among teachers has been shown not only to save time and make work more efficient, but also to result in better student outcomes.  Because we know teacher collaboration is so important, we want to help our community of 1 million teachers work together. We have reorganized over 1,000 teacher-made quizzes in our updated Socrative Shared Quiz List!

 Our goal is to make it easier than ever for our teachers to collaborate by finding, sharing, remixing, and building a community around formative assessments.

 

Find a Quiz

Looking for ideas about how to formatively assess your students’ understanding during an upcoming lesson? In a pinch and need a quiz to review yesterday’s content? Head into the Shared Quiz List and find an activity that other Socrative teachers have used! Importing quizzes created by other teachers is a great way to learn from what others are doing with the added bonus of saving yourself some time. Learn how to import a quiz here!

 

Share a Quiz

If you’ve created an engaging, effective activity for checking your students understanding, please share! By adding to the Shared Quiz List, you can have an impact far beyond the four walls of your classroom. Enter as much information as you can about your quiz so that its purpose and value are clear to others. Socrative teachers will be grateful when they’re able to easily find and use your content, and so will their students!

 

Remix a Quiz

When we collaborate to create great content, our students benefit. When you find a quiz, make adjustments based on what you know is best for students. Then, share your remixed quiz! Add a quick note to let others know about the changes you made, and let the collaboration continue.

 

Build a Community

Engaging in a community of practice helps us be the best educators we can be. You and your colleagues can share SOC codes on email lists, Facebook groups, Pinterest boards, and other social media forums. You can also build community outside your immediate network by tweeting your content with the tag #socshare. Finding, sharing, remixing, and talking about formative assessments with the Socrative community helps us all improve our practice and and enhance our students’ learning.

 

We hope that you will find the updated shared quiz list helpful. Know that we are continuing to work on future plans to expand upon options for sharing and collaborating as a Socrative community; this shared quiz list is only one small step.  Stay tuned to learn more about future improvements!

 

3 Engaging Uses of Open Response

One of our favorite features is Quick Question – Short Answer.  With a few quick clicks, you can use short answer to ask a question, then gather, visualize and discuss a whole class’ open responses.  You could even have students VOTE on the responses!  

1. Gather Student Questions:

As students settle into their seats have them enter a question based on last night’s homework or your current unit.  You can quickly clear up any misunderstanding before moving on to that day’s agenda. By enabling each student to respond, you can see common questions that are applicable to a larger number of students. Use the VOTE feature to have them prioritize what you answer!

Remember – student questions project anonymously, but you can toggle on “show name” and also have a report afterward which tells who said what.  Overall, students are less fearful of asking a question anonymously.

This is also a great tool to use at the end of class. As students start to pack up, open a short answer to gather any points of confusion to incorporate into your plan for the next day, or ask a question based on that day’s content to see what your students have learned!

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2. Vocabulary

In every class, there are key vocabulary items that students need to master. Pose a vocabulary word in short answer and ask students to use that word in a sentence, or respond with the definition.

3. Foreign Language

There are multiple ways to allow students to show their understanding in a second language classroom.

- Present students with a sentence and ask them to translate

- Present students with a sentence and ask them to write a follow-on sentence

- Have students use a key vocabulary term in a sentence (verbs, nouns, adjectives etc.)

 

How Quick Question – Short Answer Works:

1. From your Teacher Dashboard select “Quick Question”

2. Select the “Short Answer” on the right

3. Type a Question into the text field (optional)

4. Choose whether you would like a SINGLE or UNLIMITED responses from your Students

5. Choose whether you would like students to be ANONYMOUS or REQUIRE their name. (Either way, all responses initially display on your screen anonymously)  

6. Select start!

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How to Create Valuable Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple-choice questions can be a useful teaching and assessment tool, whether aiding class discussions or testing content on an exam. Teachers have been using this method of assessment for decades, whether verbally, on paper, or more recently through technology such as the real-time assessment system, Socrative.

However, writing multiple-choice questions that test the anticipated content with a certain level of difficulty and understanding for the student is often more challenging than it may seem. It is important to understand the types of questions that exist, reliable rules for writing them, and how to use them to understand learning behavior.

Types of Questions

1. Recall information: Test understanding of factual knowledge, such as definition or association.

Example: What is a verb?

2. Understand concepts: Draw upon facts in context of what is being learned.

Example: Which of the words in the following sentence is a verb: Susan walked to the grocery store.

3. Apply knowledge: Give students a scenario, often linked to a real-world outcome.

Example: Sam is writing about his ski vacation with his family. This vacation happened one month ago. Which is a correct form of the word “to ski” for his paragraph?

4. Analyze Information: Students reflect on patterns and relationships within the content.

Example: Consider the verbs in the following sentence: Mike ran to the store. 

In what form would you use the word “to call” in order to represent that Mike made a call before he went to the store.

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Jigsaw your way to Collaboration with Socrative

Collaborative learning has many benefits:

  • Develops higher level thinking skills
  • Builds self-esteem in students
  • Improves oral communication skills
  • Enhances student satisfaction with the learning experience

Yet fear of losing classroom control and creating gaps in content coverage can often cause teachers to back off and resort to a didactic teacher led approach.
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Review and Co-Construct Class Rules of Conduct

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Every classroom and every teacher has different rules about acceptable behaviors. These can range from technology usage and hand raising to in class chatter. At the beginning of a semester you have an opportunity to review current rules and introduce new ones!

Socrative Short Answer is a great way to ask:

When should you raise your hand?

What do you do when you need to use the bathroom?

What should you do when other students are speaking?

What should you do when the teacher is speaking?

When are you allowed to speak to the person next to you?

When is it okay to use technology?

Let students work in pairs to reflect on acceptable behaviors.

Project the answers onto the board anonymously, so that everyone feels free to participate. Highlight themes and build a collective responsibility to meet everyone’s goals. With Socrative Short Answer,  you can even download a report of the rules at the end of the activity.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY

With some extra time left in class, you can group students into teams, assigning a rule to each. Every group makes a poster that represents the rule using diagrams, words, or pictures. Each student then presents their poster and hangs them on the wall to refer to for the next few weeks.

Getting to Know Your New Students – Survey and Slideshow!

The start of school can be overwhelming for teachers, new faces, new names and new relationships to build. Nerves can build up quite fast and routines are not yet in place to rely upon. Mrs. Rutherford turns to Socrative to ease her first day record keeping and classroom management tasks.

Gather pertinent Student Information

What is your full name?
Do you have a preferred nickname?
What’s your home address?
What’s your phone number?
What’s your email address?
What are your parents’ or guardian’s names, workplaces and phone numbers?
Do you have any allergies?
When is your birthday?
What’s your favorite food?
What is your favorite band or musician?

**Use the quiz above with Import code SOC-1612137**

Feel free to edit the activity to best suit your classroom needs.

Remember: The report will be emailed to you so no stack of papers to flip through!

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It’s time to put away the beach towels, set the alarm, and get ready for that first week! School is here and you’ve got a whole new list of students to get to know – what better way than to create a fun and creative photo slideshow to share with parents to present their kids classmates.

We have a great tool in mind that could help you to do that, www.sharalike.com .

It offers you a simple way to create slideshows that are as unique as each and every one of the students in your classroom. All you have to do is take picture of the kids, upload your photos to Sharalike.com or through the iOS app. Sharalike does the rest – literally. Set it to music (you can use your own or simply let Sharalike choose that for you as well), save it and it is ready to share! Sharalike is free to use, and has no limitations.

The simplicity of sharalike, could even allow you to assign your students the task of creating their own to share with the class – maybe a beginning of the year ice breaker to share their summer vacation stories!

Create Virtual Time Capsules for 2014/15

In third grade, my classmates and I brought a wide range of items to school that signified the time in which we were living.  There was a black Sony walkman with padded headphones, a GI Joe figure, a Hartford Courant newspaper, a copy of Shel Silverstein’s poem “Messy Room” and a video cassette of Goonies. Yes, 1986 was a glorious time. At the end of the school year we all stood around a big hole behind school and buried our keepsakes so that they might be unearthed by a future generation.
My daydreaming about this fond memory sparked an idea.

Weekly VIRTUAL Time Capules

The process of selecting an item to put in a class time capsule helps students to form an idea of the overarching thought or feeling of the time, it necessitates decision-making and it creates an indelible memory (as my experience at Martin Elementary did!)
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1 – 2 – 3 – Word Cloud!

Word Clouds (wordle to most) can be a dynamic tool for visualizing text and for presenting a group’s thinking. They are AMAZING! 

While planning for the Future of Learning conference at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, I wanted to capture and share our participants’ views on “What are the key features of 21st Century Learning”. At first, word clouds didn’t cross my mind because in past experiences I had entered a historical speech, lecture notes or asynchronously generated google docs.  All these use cases would be ineffective for our needs.  But then it dawned on me, Socrative could aggregate our real-time responses.  Of course!

Here’s the system.

1. Identify a question which will generate responses for your particular needs.*

    • What 3 words best describe your summer?**
    • What are you most excited about this school year?**
    • What are your 3 favorite foods?**

Other Great Questions

  • What are the key features of 21st century learning? (reflected in the above word cloud)
  • Which vocabulary words are giving you difficulty?
  • List 5 key words from the chapter you just read.
  • What 3 adjectives best describe this sculpture?
  • What are synonyms and antonyms of _______?

* have students answer in all lower case so there is consistency in the word cloud.

** Import the quiz that includes these questions using SOC-12260148

 

2. Initiate a Short Answer or Quiz.

  • A Short Answer question’s responses will populate your teacher screen.  
  • A Quiz may include many questions and the results will be available to view as a googledoc or an emailed Excel file.

 

3. Highlight all the answers and copy them.

  • Short Answer – highlight and copy the responses on the teacher screen.
  • Quiz – highlight and copy the column of the question you want to visualize.

 

4. Paste into a Word Cloud maker

  • Wordle  – The most well-known word cloud tool.  It’s easy to use and quickly adaptable to help you find the colors, fonts, sizes and arrangements to suit your taste.
  • Tagxedo – Tagxedo allows users to create clouds in various forms, such as Abe Lincoln’s head, triangles or the outlines of countries.
  • Wordsift – You can further highlight words by subjects such as social studies or science.  Developed as an ELL resource at Stanford.
  • ABCya! - Word clouds for kids!
  • Word Collage – an App for iPads

 

Share your ideas!

See, Think, Wonder – Making Thinking Visible

Harvard’s Project Zero has created learning routines based on research, helping teachers garner a more thorough thinking process from students. See, Think, Wonder, is one such routine that engages students in visual multimedia such as pictures or videos.

Design an Image based quiz focussing on these 3 questions:

1. What do you see?

2. What do you think about that?

3. What does it make you wonder?

Students draw from their own unique perspective, inviting curiosity from their peers. Depending on the teaching need, a single student may answer all three questions at once in a Student Paced Quiz, or the class may work together through the Teacher Paced Quiz option to answer and discuss questions one at a time.

Learn more at www.visiblethinkingpz.org

 

Socrative Upgrade – Weekend of July 12th!

2.0 Live Results 2

On Saturday July 12th, all Socrative accounts will be updated to our amazing Socrative 2.0. It will be a seamless changeover of all your quizzes, reports, credentials and apps.  We are so excited to have everyone enjoying Socrative 2.0 for the 2014/2015 school year. As promised, Socrative will continue to be a free  tool to support all your in class formative assessment needs.

2.0 Support Materials

Migration FAQ – All your upgrade questions answered

User Guide – Download, email, print and share

How-to Videos – Watch and learn on your own time

support@socrative.com – We love to hear from you!

New Interface, Same Reliability and Ease of Use

We’ve worked hard to make 2.0 totally intuitive to use, and have added many features that you’ve been asking for:

  • Student Navigation within Quizzes
  • Google Drive Integrations
  • Common Core Tagging
  • Individual Student Reports
  • Printable Quizzes
  • Real-Time Results Views
  • …and much more!

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